Air­port at­tack toll rises to 45 with death of child

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE death of a Jor­da­nian child has brought the toll from last week’s Is­tan­bul air­port at­tack to 45.

Ankara has pointed blame at the Is­lamic State group for the June 28 gun and sui­cide bomb ram­page at Ataturk in­ter­na­tional air­port.

Do­gan news agency re­ported that four-year-old Jor­da­nian na­tional Rayyan Mo­hammed, one of more than 200 peo­ple in­jured in the at­tacks, had died in hos­pi­tal.

The Is­tan­bul gover­nor’s of­fice said 52 peo­ple were still in hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing 20 in in­ten­sive care.

The child’s death came as a man sparked chaos by shout­ing “Sui­cide bomber!” in a crowded Is­tan­bul mar­ket on July 2, with the city still reel­ing from the at­tacks.

One woman was lightly in­jured in the panic in Um­raniye, a neigh­bour­hood on Is­tan­bul’s Asian side.

The air­port car­nage was the lat­est in a string of deadly at­tacks to hit Turkey in the past year blamed on ei­ther IS ji­hadists or Kur­dish rebels.

There has been no claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity, but of­fi­cials and an­a­lysts say the ev­i­dence points to an IS strike.

“It is clear that this was Daesh,” Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said, us­ing an­other name for IS. “Their place is in hell.”

Is­tan­bul po­lice have ar­rested 24 peo­ple in con­nec­tion with the at­tack in­clud­ing 15 for­eign­ers, state-run news agency Anadolu said.

Au­thor­i­ties have said they be­lieve the three at­tack­ers were a Rus­sian, an Uzbek and a Kyr­gyz na­tional.

Anadolu on July 1 named two of them as Rakim Bul­garov and Vadim Os­manov, but did not list their na­tion­al­i­ties.

Cen­tral Asia’s for­mer Soviet re­publics have been a ma­jor source of for­eign ji­hadists trav­el­ling to fight with IS and other ex­trem­ist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Turk­ish me­dia have iden­ti­fied a Chechen, Akhmed Chatayev, as the mas­ter­mind of the at­tacks.

He is ac­cused of plan­ning two bomb­ings in the city ear­lier this year in the Sul­tanah­met tourist dis­trict and the Istik­lal shop­ping street, both of which killed for­eign­ers. –

Photo: AFP

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan (cen­tre) vis­its the site of the Is­tan­bul Ataturk Air­port at­tack on July 2.

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